Blogging & building internet things since 2005.

Since the early days of WordPress this site has been my playground and it’s proven a pretty valuable personal investment…

It’s taught me how to design websites. It’s connected me with strangers to co-found a business and find a very apt acquirer. More recently, it’s introduced me to startups where I’ve made investments.


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Why did blogs die off?

I read this essay a couple weeks ago and it really resonated with my relationship with blogging. It’s also a beautifully constructed, engaging page design worth checking out: “The web today is built for apps—and I think we need to take it back.“ Robin Rendle Robin Rendle succinctly describes the death of blogs, the rise of newsletters, and the forgotten powers of ancient, dusty technologies like RSS readers. Who still follows RSS feeds? Scrap that. Who still comments on blogs?

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Productivity hacks

Two new apps that have helped my desktop productivity this month: – @CleanShot_app – the best screen capturing tool out there! – @soulver – notepad meet calculator. A smart way to explore scenarios + experiments with numbers. Originally posted on Twitter

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Outplayed

These critters are evolving MUCH faster than us during this pandemic. FACT. He got TV + Minecraft banned today (bad behaviour). So… he calls a school friend on @MicrosoftTeams and gets him to record his TV. Which is playing @Minecraft videos on @YouTube. 👏🏻

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5 years later…

5 years ago today, at around this very time, we sat eating Reuben sandwiches for breakfast in a fancy restaurant in Nolita, New York. Hashing out a new commercial agreement with fancy execs of one of the world’s largest online payment systems. A few hours later, a neighbourhood across, we were in Matt’s apartment with the Automattic team. Laptops on laps, clicking the “publish” button on the news that WooCommerce was being acquired by Automattic. It was a surreal, life-altering day that will forever be laser-etched in my memory bank. 5 years later I’m in a very different season of…

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CCTV Lockdown

Today calls for a tiny celebration. It marks the official end of South Africa’s hard lockdown… We’ve now entered into a “Stage 4” lockdown, which is much the same, except we are now awarded morning exercise hours… I helped Sentian put together a little light-hearted video showcasing some CCTV family keepsakes of the past 5 weeks, that their customers had sent in. It’s been a memorable chapter for all of us. These are tough times, much tougher for some than others. South Africa always dishing out a fair share of perspective. Us with CCTV have the privilege of a house…

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